Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Parks may turn parking lots for corporators

Multi-level parking only after two years
Parks may turn parking lots for corporators
Sandeep Moudgal, Bangalore, March 30, DH News Service :

When Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) corporators park themselves inside the council hall, where do you think they’ll park their vehicles? Where else, but the adjacent Cubbon Park and Banappa Park!

With an anticipated 270 members expected to sit at the first council session after a gap of four years in the BBMP headquarters, the authorities are now contemplating taking Cubbon Park and Banappa Park parking slots for the corporators.

According to the Palike officials, these public spaces are just a stone’s throw away from the council building at Hudson Circle and should be convenient for the corporators, the Mayor, Deputy Mayor and the BBMP officials themselves, apart from the MPs and MLAs to utilise the parking areas.

“With very little space of our own, parking is a big problem,” admitted a BBMP official. To address these woes, BBMP had proposed a seven storeyed multi-level parking area in the vacant land behind their headquarters. But the project will take a minimum of two years to come up as the Detailed Project Report (DPR) is expected to be tabled when the council is in session. However, the number of vehicles expected to increase from next month has put the BBMP in a spot. “That is one reason why we are planning to provide dedicated locations for the corporators in the nearby parks,” said the official.

Accordingly, Banappa Park and Cubbon Park will be used as the corporators’ parking bay. “We may also use the Mission Road as a parking area for these sitting corporators. But a definite call has to be taken,” said the official. The BBMP will provide a vehicle pass for the corporators to park their four-wheelers and two-wheelers.


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